Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

After all that buildup and anticipation, the holidays are over.

If you’re looking for something hot on the horizon, you’re going to have to wait. The next major holiday coming up is Valentine’s Day, during which you will probably be like most people — lonely or trying to get the person you like to notice you. So now that the most wonderful time of the year is gone, you have a window to breathe. It’s time to get back to the grind, whatever that may be for you.

Unfortunately, it’s also back-to-school time, so not only are the days of freedom and joy ending for all the keiki and college kiddos, but your morning commute is about to get a whole lot worse again.

If you’re feeling that post-holiday slump and maybe a little bored following the abundance of events during December, here are some upcoming things for you to check out to help fill the void.

•This is the last weekend to take a glide on the outdoor ice-skating rink at Ward Village Courtyard (the IBM building). After Jan. 10, you’re too late. It’s pretty impressive that it’s even possible to keep it from melting, let alone support the volume of people that have been funneling through to try their luck on skates. (It’s also kind of funny to see some of the people bundled up like they’re going to hit the slopes, not exercise in 70-degree weather.) Just in case it winds up having been a one-time thing, it’s totally worth checking out.

•Also worth checking out this weekend is the Bento Bass Box event at Hawaiian Brian’s in its Electron Listening Room at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. Sub.mission Hawaii has been bringing the harder and darker sounds of electronic music to the island’s sound systems for years, and this time they’re bringing out Mesck from L.A. It’s not for the faint of heart — some of the music is kind of scary and gives you a feeling of panic, like if the rathtars in the new Star Wars movie are chasing you.

•Obviously, I still have Star Wars on my mind after finally seeing it recently. If you do, too, Asylum is having a Star Wars-themed dress-up party Saturday night after midnight.

For me, though, I always am kind of excited to get back in the swing of things and snap out of the overstimulation and excessive elation of the holidays. My voice is still kind of shot from all the karaoke nights, and I’m excited to be spending my weeknights in again after my visiting friends’ farewell parties are all pau.